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December 9, 2010



Connie M. Bass, 67, of Frankfort, husband of Connie Sue Bass, died Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010.

Born Feb. 15, 1943, in Mercer County, he was the son of the late William Jennings and Bessie Opal Smith Bass. He served with the U.S. Army, was a member of Trinity Baptist Church, and a former employee at Rudd Drywall Company.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three daughters, Connie Jean Bass, Mercer County, Marsha Dean, Versailles, and Callie Sue Bass, Frankfort; a son, William Bass, Frankfort; 10 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; two sisters, Anita Bottoms and Judy Hurst; and two brothers, Donnie Bast and Tony Bast. Two sisters, Betty Olszanski and Nora Patterson; and two brothers, Leroy Bast and Danny Bast, are deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, Dec. 6, at Clark Legacy Center, Versailles Road, Frankfort, by Bro. Herman Bowers. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Anthony Bast, Larry Merriman, Eric Bast, Brian Hurst, Eddie Bast, and Brad Hurst. Honorary bearer was Bill Michael Wright. Donations may be made to American Lung Association.

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Barbara A. Buckley, 85, of Versailles, wife of Joseph H. Buckley, died Monday, Dec. 6, 2010, at the University of Kentucky A.B. Chandler Medical Center following a short illness.

Born in Ann Arbor, Mich., she was the daughter of the late Floyd P. and Myra Alice Holcomb Allen. She had been a resident of Woodford County for 21 years and was active in the Bereans Home Bible Study.

In addition to her husband of 63 years, she is survived by a daughter, Jo Ann (James) Perrine, Pittsburgh, Pa.; a son, Bob (Mary) Buckley, Roanoke, Va.; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. A sister and a brother are deceased.

Private services will be held; there is no public visitation or service.

Memorials are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 208 Steele Street, Frankfort, KY 40601, or to the Grace Bible College, 1011 Aldon Street, SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49509.

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Ernie P. Bowman, 84, of Versailles, husband of Jewell Bowman, died Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010, at the University of Kentucky A.B. Chandler Medical Center.

Born in Woodford County, he was the son of the late Clay and Hattie Disponette Bowman. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and had served on the USS-LST588. His duty included the Asiatic Pacific Theatre and he participated in the assault and occupation of Iwo Jima in 1945. He was a faithful member of the Mt. Vernon Baptist Church for over 50 years, had been a deacon since 1983, and served for over 10 years as Sunday school superintendent. His career included farming, he was retired from Woodford Excavation, and had worked for Rainbow Coal and Oil for over 35 years.

In addition to his wife of 63 years, he is survived by two daughters, Judy (Glenn) Morgan and Pam (David) Kincaid, both of Versailles; a brother, Hugh (Linda) Bowman, frankfort; a sister, Edith (Calvin) Harrod, Frankfort; three grandchildren, Vicki Morgan, Brian (Lucy) Morgan, and Jessica (Lee) Sullivan, all of Versailles; two great-grandchildren; and a step-great-grandchild. Three brothers and five sisters are deceased.

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today, Thursday, Dec. 9, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. William Marcum. Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers will be Dinzle Centers, Johnny Cloyd, Danny Kemp, Bobby Driskell, Curtis Coots, and Ollie Jackson. Honorary bearers will be present and past crew of Woodford Excavation.

Memorials are suggested to the Mt. Vernon Baptist Church Building Fund, 1221 Old Frankfort Pike, Versailles, KY 40383.

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M. Brantley Clegg, 62, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010, surrounded by his loving family after his courageous battle with cancer.

Brantley was born on July 22, 1948 in Houston, Texas. He was the oldest son of Millard Fillmore and Dorothy Daniel Clegg, who preceded him in death. He was a 1966 graduate of Bellaire High School, where he was not only a scholar but a star athlete of the football and baseball teams. Brantley continued his education at the University of Texas at Austin, where he studied world history for three years before traveling throughout the United States and Mexico. Later, he became a life member of the Texas-Ex Student Association and acquired an honorary bachelor of science degree. As a materials engineer and project manager in the oil and gas industry, he moved his family in the 1980s to Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio, and Kentucky, before returning to Houston in 2008. He worked for companies such as El Paso Pipeline, Mid-Con Pipeline, Texas Eastern Pipeline, Iroquois Pipeline and Energy Management Services. A Methodist by faith, Brantley was united in marriage to Magda Solorio on July 7, 1979, in Simonton, Texas. Brantley loved spending time with his family and coached his children in football, baseball and softball when they were young. He was an avid reader and a Longhorn sports fanatic. Another great passion was his love of the Clegg family history and genealogy, where he continued his fatherís work on the family tree. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing and was awarded first place in the Texas State Chili Cook-off twice in the 1980s.

He is survived by his loving wife of 31 years, Magda S. Clegg; his children, Larry Guerrero of Cape Coral, Florida, Taylor Clegg of Tucson, Arizona, Yvonne Clegg of Bastrop, Texas, and Anastasia (Ana) Clegg of Houston, Texas; and two grandchildren, Lena and Mack. He is further survived by his brothers and sisters, Dan Clegg and his wife, Laura, of Colorado, Ellen Gamble and her husband, Jerry, of Boerne, Texas, and Bruce Clegg of Katy, Texas; and numerous uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces, nephews and many dear friends.

A celebration of Brantleyís life was held Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010, at Schmidt Funeral Home in Bellville, Texas. Interment was in Pilgrims Rest Cemetery, Bellville, Texas, followed by a reception held at the Bellville Golf and Recreation Club.

The family wishes to extend its sincere appreciation most especially to his loving caregivers at Odyssey Hospice of Houston.

His family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations are sent to Odyssey Hospice of Houston, 2636 South Loop West, Suite 210, Houston, Texas 77054, and M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, P.O. Box 4461, Houston, Texas, 77210 in his name.

Funeral arrangements under the direction of the Schmidt Funeral Home, P.O. Box 610, 12029 Hwy 36 South, Bellville, Texas 77418. (979)865-2424.

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Joseph "Joe" Andrew Garrett, 70, formerly of Lexington, died Friday, Dec. 3, 2010.

Born July 22, 1940, in Ft. Worth, Texas, he was the son of Louise Prettyman Hatton and the late Richard Andrew Garrett. He was a retired fleet supervisor for GTE Kentucky and for the past few years lived in Sun City West, Ariz.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by two daughters, Ginger Walker and Julie Garrett, Lexington; a son, Rick Garrett, Lexington; and numerous other family members.

A gathering of family and friends will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, at Clark Legacy Center in Brannon Crossing, Nicholasville.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass.

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Lidia Faith Graham, 7, a student at Southside Elementary School, and her brother, Ronnie "Jo-Jo" Graham, 3, died Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010, from injuries sustained in a house fire.

They were the children of Amber Sutherland Graham of Versailles and Donnie Ray Graham Sr. of Lancaster.

In addition to their parents, they are survived by a brother, Donnie Ray Graham Jr., 5, who is hospitalized at the University of Kentucky A.B. Chandler Medical Center; a half-sister, Joselyn Paige Graham; their maternal grandparents, Billy and Catherine Sutherland, Versailles; their paternal grandmother, Donna Edwards, Moreland; their paternal grandfather, William Ray Graham, Versailles; their great-grandparents, Marilyn Carrier and Ronnie Edwards, Frankfort, Andy and Nita Sutherland, Woodford County, and Diana Beaver, Wisconsin; a maternal uncle, Robert Sutherland, 14, who survived the fire; and numerous extended family members. An aunt, Heather Sutherland, is deceased.

Services were conducted Wednesday, Dec. 8, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Carl Jones. Burial was in Rose Crest Cemetery.

Donations to benefit the family will be accepted at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home, at United Bank & Trust, or at ERA Showplace Realty.

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The Rev. David L. McCracken, 70, of Lexington, husband of Ruby Strange McCracken, died Monday, Nov. 29, 2010.

Born in Lexington, he was the son of the late Rev. C.E. and Naomi Hodge McCracken. He was a U.S. Army veteran, graduated with distinction from the University of Kentucky College of Engineering with a degree in mechanical engineering, and worked for IBM for 17 years. He was called to the ministry in 1970 when he co-founded the JOY Center. In 1973, he accepted the pastorate at Versailles Church of the Nazarene. In 1977, he accepted the pastorate at Lafayette Church of the Nazarene in Lexington and led the church for 33 years prior to his retirement in May 2010. He led mission trips to Africa, Brazil, Venezuela, and Peru. He was appointed as pastor emeritus and was serving as visitation pastor at Lafayette. His other interests were softball, deer hunting, fishing and Kentucky basketball.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three daughters, Melodee (David) Parker and Michelle (Doug) Goforth, both of Versailles, and Mylissa (Jeff) Trowbridge, Union; six grandchildren, Elizabeth Springate, Alex Parker, James O. Springate II, Sarah Goforth, Matthew Trowbridge, and Mycah Trowbridge; two brothers, Edward (Glenda) McCracken and Gary (Pam) McCracken; and numerous extended family members.

Services were conducted Saturday, Dec. 4, at Lafayette Church of the Nazarene by the Rev. Jerry Cline. Burial was in Blue Grass Memorial Gardens. Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Road, Lexington, was charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Lafayette Church of the Nazarene World Missions, 420 Picadome Park, Lexington, KY 40503.



Kenneth Cecil Smith, 55, formerly of Morehead and Lexington, widower of Frankie Jo Smith, died Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010, of injuries received in a motorcycle/car accident in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Born Jan. 30, 1955, in Lexington, he was the son of Dr. Patty Rai Smith Butterfield and the late Dr. John Kenneth Smith. He had lived in Winston-Salem for 19 years. He had been a member of the Morehead Christian Church and was a member of New Hope Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, N.C.. He was a past-president of the Winston-Salem Christian Motorcyclists Association.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his stepfather, Dr. Gordon Butterfield; a sister, Leslie Smith (Michael) McGuire, Mandeville, La.; two nephews, Nicholas Tyler (Rebecca) McGuire and Michael Andrew McGuire; a great-niece, Lily Jane McGuire, all of Covington, La.

Services were conducted Wednesday, Dec. 8, at Milward-Southland, Lexington. Burial was in the Lexington Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions are suggested to the Humane Society or a favorite charity.



Otis James "Jigger" Walker, 50, of Georgetown, died Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010, at the University of Kentucky A.B. Chandler Medical Center.

A native of Versailles, he was the son of the late Otis and Bobbie Jean Sorrell Walker. He was a former Fruit of the Loom employee.

Survivors include four sons, Brennan James, Nathan Scott, Jeffery Allan, and Garrett Andrew Walker, all of California; two grandchildren; a sister, June Mason, Lexington; and five brothers, Glenn Walker, Versailles, Sidney Walker, Frankfort, Jerry and Chris Walker, both of Georgetown, and Joseph Walker, Lexington.

Graveside services were conducted Saturday, Dec. 4, in the Georgetown Cemetery by Chaplain Lisa Heuser. Johnsonís Funeral Home, Georgetown, was in charge of arrangements.


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